Tuesday, March 29, 2005


Birth, n. The first and direst of all disasters. As to the nature of it there appears to be no uniformity. Castor and Pollux were born from the egg. Pallas came out of a skull. Galatea was once a block of stone. Peresilis, who wrote in the tenth century, avers that he grew up out of the ground where a priest had spilled holy water. It is known that Arimaxus was derived from a hole in the earth, made by a stroke of lightening. Leucomedon was the son of a cavern in Mount Aetna, and I myself have seen a man come out of a wine cellar.

2005 Update: The end of life as we know it. In some political theologies, Birth is the ultimate entitlement, chronologically, of the human life cycle. This is why births are often referred to as "Last Rights."

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